Space Number: 234
Category: Artists in Studios
Cristina Palacios was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she migrated to Australia in 1987. As a child Cristina experienced the mesmerizing world of theatre, introducing her to the colours and textures of the costumes worn by her eldest sister, who is an Opera singer. She was fascinated by the drama and the magic of music and light, and for the first time the exotic beauty of the east in “Madame Butterfly”. In her teens Cristina moved to New York, returning to Argentina after 6 years, and continued to be stimulated travelling extensively throughout Europe, Latin America and Asia. She worked as an interpreter at the Australian Embassy in Buenos Aires before coming to Australia in 1987. Being a professional Designer –Couturier, she created hand printed lengths of silk for her “One Off” designs and specialized in Bridal and Evening Gowns.
Her abilities and creativity have been recognized by the “Australian Gown of the Year” receiving special awards, and being a finalist for several years in different categories. She has also been a finalist in “Fashion’s on the Field” at Flemington, during the Melbourne Cup Carnival. After the tragic events of September 11th 2001, Cristina felt overwhelmed by the horror and as a response she depicted the occurrence in a triptych. She achieved her Diploma of Visual Arts at CAE in Melbourne in 2004 with High Distinctions in Sculpture and Printmaking. In 2007 she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction at RMIT University in Melbourne. In 2009 she successfully completed a degree in Masters of Fine Art at RMIT University, Melbourne Australia.
Since 2002 Cristina has participated in over 40 group exhibitons which included one international solo exhibition in Buenos Aires, Argentina and 4 international group exhibitons in Tokyo, Japan and in the USA. She has exhibited in venues such as the Immigration Museum, Queen’s Hall, Parliament House, Palace of the Legislature of Buenos Aires, Frankston Arts Centre, Wyndham Cultural centre, Box Project Space, Frankston, Linden Gallery, Fortyfivedownstairs, McClelland Gallery, Toyota Community Spirit Gallery, Tokyo, Japan “International Bokuga Association’, Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition, Guildford Lane Gallery, RMIT First Site Gallery, RMIT Project Space Gallery, James Makin Gallery and Mass MoCa- The Cabinet, USA, Craft Victoria and Hawhorn Town Hall Gallery.
In 2005 Cristina was invited to hold her first solo exhibition, by the Argentine Government, at the Palace of the Legislature in Buenos Aires. In 2006 she was short listed for the Mary and Lou Senini Art Award at McClelland Gallery. In 2006, 2007 and 2010 Cristina was invited to exhibit with the International Bokuga Association in Tokyo, Japan winning an award for excellence in 2007. In 2007 Cristina was a finalist at www.artistwanted.org, New York. Finalist of the Silk Cut Award in 2008 and as a consequence she was invited for the Summer Printmaking Residency at RMIT. Cristina was a finalist of the Silk Cut Award 2009 and she had her third solo exhibition at RMIT First Site Gallery in October 2009. In December 2009 she was a finalist of Public Art ‘Salvo Property Group RMIT Art Award’ and a Finalist for the Port Jackson Press Graduate Printmaking Award 2010.
Cristina has realized several commissions and her work is held in the RMIT School of Art Collection as well as private collections in Australia, America, Argentina, Italy, France, New Caledonia and Japan.
Image Credits: Cristina Palacios
Salamanca Arts Centre 2013